Lesson Plan

Backwards Image Search on an iPad

Children use backwards image searches on the iPads to introduce them to a range of explorers. Can be adapted for use with any research based activity.
John H.
Classroom teacher
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My Grades 1, 2
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness

Learning Objectives

PYP Transdisciplinary skills:

Research Skills- Interpreting Data; Recording Data

‘I can use an iPad to identify a person in a painting or photograph’.

Thinking Skills-  Acquisition of knowledge

‘I know of 1/2/3 or more explorers that I can now choose to find out more about.’

Attitudes:   Cooperation, curiosity

Learner Profile: inquirer, open-minded

Social Studies Skills: Use and analyse evidence from a variety of historical, geographical and societal sources

IT Skills: Information Gathering - Acquire information using a range of electronic sources (Internet, CDRom, digital cameras, video, audio, film) – Use appropriate internet search strategies.

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4 - 7
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Student Notes

1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

I chose an explorer, as a teacher of predominantly Emirati children in the UAE, I chose an Emirati woman who was the first to get unassisted to the North Pole (of course this can be adapted to include whatever you are introducing to the children). I used an interactive whiteboard and revealed a little of the picture at a time using the reveal tool. Children gave suggestions as to who she may be, what clues are there? As expected, they had no idea and couldn't work out who/what she might be. We discussed how we might find out before moving on to introduce how a backwards image search works.

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Exploring

A backwards image search was a novel concept for the whole class; instead of typing text to search for an image, an image is uploaded to Google and the person or object in the image is identified as text (with links to Wikipedia etc)

Teacher demonstrates how to use a 'backwards' Google image search on their iPads. Pictures of explorers had been downloaded from google images, printed and displayed around the classroom. Teacher introduces how to navigate to the main Google site (not to the mobile site) using the Chrome browser (not Safari as it doesn't work). Having followed these instructions, there is now a camera icon in the search bar. The teacher models how to take photographs of the explorers on display and use Google to identify who is in the picture by touching the camera icon and uploading their images. 

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

Photographs of each explorer on display had been emailed to each child, along with questions about that explorer. Having seen how the teacher has modelled the activity, the children go about trying it out for themselves, noting down some basic facts about each explorer. Teacher circulates and assists as necessary, checking for understanding. Children bring attention to any problems they have.

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Investigating

Children continue with the task and email results back to the teacher. Teacher can assess the accuracy of the information and also how many explorers each child has managed to identify.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Exploring

Results are shared and compared within the class. Any problems/limitations with this method are identified and discussed. The class are informed that they will be choosing one of the explorers to research in depth and create an iMovie about.